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Lionel Taylor

For the first six years of existence of the American Football League, one man led the league in receptions each year: Lionel Taylor (born 1935) from New Mexico Highlands University, where he had starred in basketball and track, and made all-conference wide receiver in 1956 and 1957. Second in all-time receptions (543) for the Denver Broncos and their all-time leading receiver in yardage (6,872), Taylor was the Broncos' team MVP in 1963, 1964 and 1965, and an American Football League All-Star in 1961, 1962 and 1965.   Taylor was the first receiver in professional football history with 100 catches in a single season, in only 14 games (1961).   He had four seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving, and averaged 84.7 catches from 1960 to 1965, then the highest six-year total in professional football history. He completed his career with the Houston Oilers in 1967 and 1968. Taylor is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.


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